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From this tiny island … to the world

On September 3, 2013, AWR welcomed international and local guests to a rededication ceremony at our shortwave station on Guam, marking the completion of a major upgrade of the facility.

The enormous project was completed in record time – only two years. It involved relocating one of the station’s existing 250-foot towers to accommodate the replacement of a low-frequency antenna with a higher-frequency one. (Each antenna is approximately the size of two football fields.) The second phase focused on erecting a new tower and adding a new high-frequency curtain antenna.

The ultimate goal of the undertaking was to enable AWR to improve our broadcasts across Asia by transmitting over frequencies that better reach our target audiences. As well, the station is now able to schedule simultaneous broadcasts to multiple countries … reaching listeners during their respective peak listening times.

AWR currently transmits programs for 287 hours/week across Asia from this station, in 34 languages. Countries include China, North Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and more.

“We thank our supporters many times over for the passion and commitment they continue to show for AWR’s ministry,” says AWR president Dowell Chow.

For extended coverage of the project and the rededication event, see our feature in Adventist World.

 

  • When picking a location for the rededication, this great view outweighed the lack of air conditioning.

  • The Honorable Eddie Baza Calvo, governor of Guam, noted the parallels between a successful station and a successful retail business: “Location, location, location!”

  • AWR Guam staff and family members delivered a poignant musical feature.

  • En lugar de una placa tradicional para conmemorar el evento, la estación recibió tres trompetas tibetanos, que ilustran de manera maravillosa los mensajes de los tres ángeles y nuestro logotipo.

  • World church president Ted Wilson, pictured with AWR president Dowell Chow, said: “What really powers this station is the Holy Spirit. God wants us to ask for miracles; He wants us to ask for something extraordinary.”

  • The rain held off all day, but God graced us with a special blessing at the end of the afternoon

  • Even the younger AWR Guam "staff members" helped out at the event -- serving as greeters here.

  • You can never be too young to start listening to AWR's podcasts.

  • Shortwave signals from these towers reach across the Pacific Ocean, carrying the gospel to millions of listeners throughout Asia.

  • The view from the top.

Mother and child listening to radio in front of simple home.

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